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Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare History

1979SummerFriends of Hospice begin meeting
1980JulyAdopted name Hospice of Wayne County, Ohio, Inc.
1982FebFirst class of volunteers trained
AugFirst office located in Wooster Community Hospital
FallServed 8 patients
1987Served 34 new patients
1989MayMoved to Beall Avenue from original office in the Wooster Community Hospital
1990MayMedicare certification approved
1991SeptDeveloped mission statement
Oct 10Licensed by State of Ohio
1992AprMoved to 2330 Cleveland Road
AugCelebrated 10-year anniversary
Served 106 new patients; 116 total
1993Began care for nursing home patients
1994First Certified Registered Nurse Hospice in Wayne County
1995Served 142 new patients; total 166, average daily census 25
15th anniversary of lst Hospice board
1996Groundbreaking for new building on Back-Orrville Road
Patient wish fund: Hospice Hopes: (partnership and funded by Wooster Noon Lions – grants first wishes)
1997 Fifteenth year anniversary
Moved to Back-Orrville Road location
1998Approved as a provider for the State of Ohio at Apple Creek Developmental Center
224 patients served – 200 as new admissions
1999Served 280 patients; 250 as new admissions
2000Achieved JCAHO Accreditation
Served 303 patients
Increased Bereavement Support Services to Children through Wooster Noon Lions Support
2001Served 359 patients
2002Began planning for Palliative Care program development
2003Served 464 patients
Formed an Advance Care Planning coalition collaborating with local Care providers
Fran Loess, volunteer founder of HPC, Named by National Hospice Foundation as Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice Award winner – Recognized at National Volunteer Conference
2004 Name changed to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County
Implemented new logo
Started palliative medicine program
Joined Hospice Alliance of Ohio
Friendtique opened – a nonprofit resale organization where profits go to support Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County
2005Initiated Loess Life Legacy Project using volunteers
Opened LifeCare outpatient clinic at the Viola Startzman Free Clinic
Served 523 patients
2007Acquired Hospice of Wadsworth/Rittman and establish new office at 185 E. Main St Wadsworth
2010Purchased 19+ acres along Akron Road for new Hospice facility
Served 682 patients
Board of Directors votes to move forward with an inpatient unit and capital campaign
2011Capital Campaign begins with a goal of raising $4,000,000
Partners with Hospice of Holmes County
2013June 17   Changed name to LifeCare Hospice
2014JulyMoved into new building at 1900 Akron Rd.
2015Mar 18Admitted first patient to the Gault Inpatient Unit
2017July 5LifeCare Hospice joins Ohio’s Hospice strategic partnership and becomes Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare

We are grateful to the many physicians who have supported us over the years, especially to Dr. Spiess, Dr. Lun, Dr. Stallings, Dr. Kearney, Dr. Peabody, Dr. Lance and Dr. Jodi Hannan.

Dr. Walter Kearney,  one of the founders of LifeCare Hospice,  has served LifeCare for over 35 years.  He was a Medical Director for many years, served 2 terms on the Board of Directors, was on the Capitol Campaign “A Place Like Home” Fundraising Committee to raise funds to  build our new building and inpatient unit, and remains involved today in volunteer and community relations activities.

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